Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis officially broke ground on the future home of his team, Las Vegas Stadium. Davis was joined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the historic ceremony near the south end of the historic Las Vegas strip. The 65,000-seat stadium is currently slated to open in time for the 2020 season.
Despite the large market size and booming economy, the Raiders will be the very first NFL team to call Las Vegas home. The Raiders won’t be the first professional team in the area though; the NHL’s Golden Knights began play in America’s playground back in September. But the city is certainly abuzz with the Raiders coming to town in 2020. Both Goodell and Davis are extremely excited to play in the previously untapped market.
Last spring, Davis received 31 of 32 votes from fellow NFL owners approving the team’s relocation to Vegas. Developers quickly began work on the future stadium. A site was identified several months ago – Russell Road, which sits west of Mandalay Bay and the Interstate 15. In total, Las Vegas Stadium will cost $1.9 billion to construct. The Raiders will chip in $500 million, while a Bank of America loan will cover the remaining $650 million. The price tag makes the stadium the most expensive structure ever constructed to host an NFL team.
After a 12-4 finish to the 2016 season, many league experts thought the Raiders were poised to blossom into a Super Bowl contender this season. The year started promising with two resounding wins over the Titans and Jets. Then the team fell into a baffling 4-game losing streak that resulted in a lingering injury to QB Derek Carr. Currently sitting just outside the playoff picture with a 4-5 record, Carr and the Raiders face a big test to finish out the year. Five of their final seven games feature matchups against the Patriots, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, and Broncos (who already defeated Oakland in 2017). Can the Raiders recapture their magic touch from last year and make a run at the Super Bowl before the team relocates from Oakland to sin city?
Russell Rd. Paradise, NV
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